"The Rational Palette"
Presented by George O'Hanlon and Tatiana Zaytseva
Owners of Natural Pigments/Rublev Colours
February 18, 2016 | 7:00 pm | $15 • $10 for NUMU Members
A Rational Approach to Color Palettes
The approach to color used by the old masters working in the 16th and 17th centuries was both intuitive and based on an empirical understanding of color interaction.
Although modern color theory was not developed until the 18th century, the old masters had already laid the foundation in set or rationally ordered, limited palettes.
The set, limited palettes of the old masters is discussed by examining the self-portraits of 16th and 17th century European artists, analyzed in modern terms according to Harvard Art Professor Denman Ross, and shown how it can benefit painters today.